TSSB action highlights investment risks

This week, the Texas State Securities Board issued disciplinary orders against two Corpus Christi investment advisors. Jimmy Wayne Freeman Jr. and Kris Bradford Rhoden were accused of selling securities that they were not licensed to sell. Those securities were back by National Life Settlements LLC, a company that had been shut down and forced into…

Celebrate National Consumer Protection Week with Your BBB!

The 14th celebration of National Consumer Protection Week will be held March 4 – March 10. Along with numerous other government organizations and nonprofits across the country, BBB is going the extra mile in encouraging every consumer to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed purchase decisions. BBB will be participating in…

Five tips for finding a trustworthy tax preparer

The deadline for filing your 2011 tax return is still two months away (April 17), but companies offering tax preparation services have already begun advertising heavily. Completing your tax return early will bring Uncle Sam’s refund check to your bank account sooner, but if you choose the wrong tax professional you could end up paying…

Keep an eye out for fake reviews

When you’re checking out a new business, your first stop should always be Better Business Bureau. But, no smart consumer relies on one source alone. Online customer reviews can be an invaluable source for information about the overall customer experience and product quality before you buy. The problem is that many businesses know very well…

350+ Self-help Websites Scamming Consumers Out of Money

How closely do you look at your credit card bill when it comes in? Do you take the time to go through each purchase to make sure it was actually a purchase you made and authorized? Chances are, if you’re like me, you might quickly glance at your bill, decide the amount seems to be…